Letter: Enforce, don't avoid, laws on immigration

Enforce, don't avoid, laws on immigration

To the editor:

In response to the Eagle article printed Sunday, March 13 ("Farley-Bouvier files bill to help all Mass. immigrants get driver's license"), the purpose of filing is to make the roads safer for the motoring public by allowing the undocumented immigrants (illegals) to obtain a drivers license.

The article states that for a person to get a driver's license in Massachusetts one must present a Social Security number or an acceptable denial notice from them, along with records including proof of acceptable visa status and a current foreign passport. So obviously if an immigrant can't get a driver's license they must be here illegally. The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition estimates that there are 60,000 undocumented (illegal) immigrants between ages of 25 to 34 who may be driving now ILLEGALLY.

Rep Farley-Bouvier needs to explain why we need to pass a new law to replace one that isn't being enforced. I feel that the United States is my home just as everyone feels about the house they live in. I ask Rep. Farley-Bouvier if I were to break in to your house, wouldn't you want to press charges and see me in jail?

As a second generation American, It upsets me to know our elected officials aren't enforcing the immigration laws. The law worked fine for my grandparents who came here to live the American dream and they lived by the laws of their new home. At the end of World War I, World War II, and the Korean war, the sitting president deported illegal immigrants to make jobs available for the returning veterans. If the government could find and deport them back then, why can't they do it now with all the modern technology? Is it because the politicians don't want to lose voters?

As an elected official, I ask Rep. Farley-Bouvier and all her colleagues to enforce the laws that they swore to uphold. Is that to much to ask of you?

J.R. Elovirta, Becket


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